Five questions for 2013

With the new year upon us and (most) of the offseason in the rear view mirror, it’s time to begin looking ahead to 2013 and a new season of Yankees baseball. The Bombers still have a few holes to fill on their big league roster, mostly related to the bench and maybe a role player or two, but for the most part the 2013 roster is in place, and with the exception of the 2011 team (after Andy Pettitte abruptly retired and Cliff Lee decided he’d prefer to be a Phillie), the current group may have inspired more questions than any recent iteration of the team. Here are five such questions that will loom large for months to come.

1. Will the Ichiro bounce continue?

Let’s be totally fair at the outset: Ichiro Suzuki looked like a new man after being traded to the Yankees, and his game definitely plays up in Yankee Stadium. After agreeing to hit in the bottom third of the lineup and perhaps even ride the bench against left-handed starters, Ichiro hit .322/.340/.454 (.338/.363/.531 at Yankee Stadium) and forced his way into both the everyday lineup and the top of the batting order by the end of the season.…

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2013: Month By Month

Yesterday, over at LoHud, Chad Jennings took a look at 2013, month by month. To kick off the new year, I’d like to follow his article with my own evaluation.


Get to 95 wins

Most teams that look to compete target a 95 win minimum projection for their team. As they stand, ZiPs has the...

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New Year’s Open Thread

Happy New Year!

I finally got used to writing 2012 on checks and now I have to start writing 2013. As quick as the year passed, the Yankees have done so much during that time. Jesus Montero was swapped...

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The ten best moments of 2012

Though it might have felt like it at various times, 2012 was certainly far from all bad for the Yankees. Yes, that should be self-evident for a team that won more games than anyone else in the American League and a playoff series on top of it, but let’s face it: the lowest lows were awfully darn low for Yankee fans over the past year. But because we’re ever the optimists around here, let’s bid adieu to 2012 with a warm and fuzzy feeling as we remember the good times, and hope for even more in the coming new year.

10. A.L. East Champions! (October 3):

It might have officially gone down to the final day of the season, but the Yankees winning the A.L. East crown wasn’t exactly the stuff of the final day of the 2011 season. The Yankees needed just a win or a Baltimore loss after the Orioles had been dominated by James Shields the previous night, and with the beating they put on the hapless Red Sox that was never really in doubt.…

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Which Ichiro Suzuki will show up in 2013?

When the Yankees acquired Ichiro Suzuki mid-way through the 2012 season I was unimpressed. Suzuki is a star who had played his entire career to that point in Seattle, so there was considerable fanfare after the deal was completed, but this wasn’t the Ichiro of old, the perennial 200 hit machine with a...

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The ten worst moments of 2012

(As we prepare to close the door on 2012 and ring in the new year let’s use today to look back at the highlights, and lowlights, of the year that was. We’ll start with the downers, and then go out on a high note.)

On the surface, a season that culminates with a division championship and a trip to the ALCS is a positive one by any (reasonable) standard. Of course, any successful season has it’s share of low points, and the 2012 Yankees certainly seemed to weather more than their fair share of them for a team that wound up winning more games than anyone else in the league. Here then, for therapeutic purposes, is a look back at the ten worst moments of 2012 as defined by us.

10. Jerry Meals (September 8):

The Yankees were already reeling when they opened this four game weekend series in Baltimore, having fallen into a first place tie with the Orioles earlier in the week, but after a solid victory the night before and with C.C.…

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Projecting Derek Jeter in 2013

New York has never had a shortage of sports writers who have predicted the demise of Derek Jeter over the last decade. The sports writers have always been proven wrong. I’m no different. After the 2010 season I was openly declaring that Jeter was done, and that the Yankees should retain his services...

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Yankees hire ex-manager Wakamatsu

Via Ken Davidoff, the Yankees have hired former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu to a job in their pro scouting department. Wakamatsu managed the Mariners in their surprisingly strong 2009 season, but was fired before the end of his second season at the helm amidst an historically inept offensive performance by the M’s in 2010. He spent the last two seasons as John Farrell’s bench coach in Toronto.

Front office/staff moves like this are tough to “evaluate,” if only because we don’t actually see what goes on with these people as they go about doing their job. However, I do think it’s interesting that the Yankees continue to bring in names you’ve heard before to do these jobs. In the past few years they’ve used Kevin Towers and Jim Hendry as special assignment scouts after they lost GM jobs elsewhere, and now they’re incorporating Wakamatsu as a scout.

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Hideki Matsui (and Me): A Retrospective

Hideki Matsui announced his retirement yesterday after 10 seasons in the Majors – seven of them with our New York Yankees – and I thought it would be fun to take a look back at his time in Pinstripes.

For this post, I...

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